Prescription Swim Goggles

There are a few essential features to look for in swim goggles:  secure fit with no leakage, comfort, and ability to see clearly.  For those who normally wear prescription glasses, prescription swim goggles are recommended.  Prescription goggles are often available in adult and junior sizes.  Leeder® and Liberty Sport swim goggles offer exceptional fit, comfort and visibility.

Leader® manufactures a few varieties of prescription goggles:  Leader® xRX RX-Ready prescription swim goggles are designed to accommodate virtually any prescription-total power range: +8.00D to -10.00D to -6.00D astigmatism.  The hypo-allergenic silicone eye seals and strap, with an adjustable nose bridge provide a unique, leak-proof lens bevel design (special edging through Hilco’s Express Rx Lab program is required for leak-proof performance). Leader® also sells Vantage Adult Complete adult goggles, a prescription lens goggle with hypo-allergenic silicone eye seals and dual split head strap.  Leader® Velocity Complete goggles provide a low profile polycarbonate lens design with 3 piece interchangeable bridge design for a custom fit.

Liberty Sport has two prescription swim goggles for the avid swimmer.  FrogEye swim goggles have a Double Lens Technology including a two-lens solution that allows you to see clearly not only above but below the water as well.  The Shark swim goggles include clear, single-vision prescription lenses and an adjustable bridge for a custom fit.  With this goggle, you can upgrade to light-responsive (photochromic) lenses that change from clear to dark grey in the sun (rain or shine).

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Water Sport/Nautical Activity Sunglasses

It is essential to protect your eyes from the harmful ultraviolet rays, which are magnified and intensified when in or near water. Thus the importance of the proper eyewear when boating, fishing, jet skiing, sailing and windsurfing.
Sunglasses are categorized into 5 protection ratings: 0 (the weakest in terms of percentage of light filtered) to 4 (the strongest). For water activities, sunglasses with ratings of 3 or 4 are recommended.
The weather and sun intensity can vary on the water over the course of time, making it tough to determine what kind of lens may be best.
A popular lens for nautical activities is the photochromic lens. These lenses gradually develop a darker tint when the sun is strong and lighten and become clearer when it is less bright. Bollé makes a Phantom+ version that also has high performance polarization, which addresses the glare from the sun reflecting on the water. These are also popular for driving and mountain sports as they reduce blurred vision and eye fatigue while improving visual acuity.
Do the droplets of water that linger on your glasses bother you? Bollé offers lenses with a hydrophobic treatment that facilitates the expulsion of drops. Et voila, problem solved!
When doing water sports (or activities that cause extreme sweating), a frame and nose pads that stick to your temples and nose are key. Bollé frames are equipped with Thermogrip® technology which offer thermoplastic rubber with high grip performance which avoids slippage, and secures the frames to your skin.
Is it important to you that your sunglasses float? Bollé offers versions that are floatable, such as the Holman Floatable.
Check out an example of the Holman Floatable Sunglasses (red) and the VULTURE (Black Matte) Sunglasses, an example of Phantom+ polarized with photochromic lens.
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Advice: Best Sunglass Lenses for Golfers

There is no doubt that golfers require the best contrast enhancing sunglasses and glasses. Just finding your ball when it’s on the fairway is hard on a good day, let alone if your vision is impaired.

 One of the most important pieces of advice—you need to wear sunglass lenses that suit your unique, internal color perception to maximize contrast sensitivity. People have different perceptions of color because of their individual photoreceptor and opacities in the intra-ocular lens of their eyes. The proper lens color will increase your ability to see more clearly on the fairway and lower your game by a couple of strokes. 

 How can you identify which color lens is right for you? At Harvard Square Eye Care, we have a lens color wheel that you can hold up to your eyes. You can test various lens options to identify the exact right color for your vision needs. There are general guidelines for selecting lenses for different purposes, but I have found that it is most helpful when patients test out the colors and decide what works best for them. 

In golf, your ability to putt on the green is of the utmost importance. It separates the girls from the women on a golf course. An important fact to note is that with color enhancement glasses you will be able to read the greens better because the color enhancement increases your depth perception.

 Brown and Amber colored lenses are good for golf because the colors enhance contrast to read the green and will also help you to see long distances. These lenses are good for tracking your ball against the blue sky and against the green color of the fairway. A positive aspect of these colored lenses is they don’t change the true nature of your color perception.

 The biggest difference between Brown and Amber is that Amber allows more light through, so it’s more ideal for cloudy days on the course. Amber has a similar contrast to Brown, but is better in low light conditions to see the ball and greens.

 Rose Copper lenses are best for putting on the green because the Rose Copper allows you to see the red and yellow tones within the color green. This has the effect of enhancing your skills to read the breaks and grains of the green. Rosy hues change the natural environment.

 Oakley makes PRIZM lenses that are golf-specific; both Golf and Golf Dark. The color is fine-tuned for 18 holes on the golf course.

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The Oakley Flak 2.0 XL is the most popular sports frame, especially for tennis.

For the Tennis Players out there!

The most desirable lens color for tennis is a Rose-based lens because it helps to contrast the green courts with the yellow tennis balls. On very bright days on the court, select a Ruby Bronze base with 17% light transmission. Fire Iridium is another good option. Fire Iridiums orange base lens and high green hues help to highlight the tennis ball, net, and court while providing 16% light transmission.

Oakley’s best lens for tennis is Prizm Road, which uses an effective contrast enhancing Prizm technology. It has a Rose base color and Prizm contrast which make the tennis balls stand out against the court. The 20% light transmission works especially well on sunny days or on bright lit indoor courts.

Oakley makes one of the best sport sunglasses frames in what they call O Matter. Its a Nylon composite that is lightweight and durable. It stands up well to sweat and oils, making it an ideal tennis material, especially for sunny court days. The Oakley Flak 2.0 XL is the most popular sports frame, especially for tennis.

The most desirable lens color for tennis is a Rose-based lens because it helps to contrast the green courts with the yellow tennis balls. On very bright days on the court, select a Ruby Bronze base with 17% light transmission. Fire Iridium is another good option. Fire Iridiums orange base lens and high green hues help to highlight the tennis ball, net, and court while providing 16% light transmission.

Oakley’s best lens for tennis is Prizm Road, which uses an effective contrast enhancing Prizm technology. It has a Rose base color and Prizm contrast which make the tennis balls stand out against the court. The 20% light transmission works especially well on sunny days or on bright lit indoor courts.

Oakley makes one of the best sport sunglasses frames in what they call O Matter. Its a Nylon composite that is lightweight and durable. It stands up well to sweat and oils, making it an ideal tennis material, especially for sunny court days. The Oakley Flak 2.0 XL is the most popular sports frame, especially for tennis.

Frames available at any of our locations:

Belmont St. | Davis SquareHarvard Square | Martha’s Vineyard

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